Film Screening: Sita Sings the Blues

4/26/2018 7:30 PM

Film Screening: Sita Sings the Blues
Film Screening: Sita Sings the BluesTHURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30PM EDT
Location Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ackerman Hall, Level Three
Department / Organization Carlos Museum
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Nina Paley’s 2008 award-winning film Sita Sings the Blues is a deeply
personal retelling of the Ramayana, created by a filmmaker who, like Sita, seeks to understand why her ideal husband rejected her. Paley wrote, directed, animated, and produced the film, which she describes as “a tale of truth, justice, and a woman’s cry for equal treatment.” The film moves back and forth between the story of Sita, banished by Rama in reaction to gossip about her faithfulness while she was held hostage by Ravana, animated by Paley with images reminiscent of traditional Indian painting, and the story of Paley’s abandonment by her own husband, animated in a Squigglevision style.

“I am enchanted. I am swept away. I am smiling from one end of the film to the other. It is astonishingly original…To get any film made is a miracle. To conceive of a film like this is a greater miracle.”
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Special thanks to Jayantilal K. and Geeta J. Patel & Family, Harshna and Pyush Patel, and Dr. Bill Torres for helping the museum enhance its collection of Indian paintings through gifts and loans. 

The event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End: The Ramayana in Indian Painting, on view at the Carlos Museum through May 20, 2018.

The film screening is free and open to the Emory community and the public. 

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